Hospitals near capacity in Whitmer’s Michigan amid COVID surge

Democrat Gov. Gretchen Witmer’s Michigan is facing a new crisis in its health care system.

Breitbart reported Sunday that some 85% of Michigan’s inpatient and intensive care unit (ICU) hospital beds are currently occupied. 

The numbers come from a report released by the state last Wednesday.

Crunching the numbers

According to the report, 19,233 — or 84.5% — of the state’s 22,745 inpatient hospital beds are currently filled. This leaves just 3,512 beds available to new patients.

With regard to ICU beds, 2,651 — or 85.1% — of the state’s 3,114 are occupied, the report said, leaving only 463 ICU beds available.

Because the figures span the whole state, they don’t paint a picture of capacity levels at individual hospitals. Notably, some facilities are said to already be at 100% capacity, including St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Livingston, Breitbart said.

New COVID cases

The development comes as Michigan is currently experiencing a surge in new cases of COVID-19. The latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that Michigan is witnessing about 388.6 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people each week.

This leaves Michigan with the second-worst coronavirus case rate in the country. Faring the worst right now is Minnesota, which has recently seen about 426 new cases of the disease per 100,000 people each week.

The surge in the Great Lake State comes despite the fact that, under Whitmer’s leadership, Michigan residents have been subjected to some of the most stringent COVID-related restrictions in the country.

Michigan’s opposite would be Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has avoided lockdowns and mandates over the criticism of those on the left. Now, Florida is currently enjoying some of the best case numbers in the country, with a seven-day case rate of only about 27 per 100,000 people.

A look ahead

The concern in places like Michigan right now is that hospitals may not have the capacity to help everyone who needs it. Whitmer, for her part, is reportedly trying to alleviate the situation with assistance from the federal government.

This all comes as new fears are being raised about the latest variant of the coronavirus, known as omicron, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled a “variant of concern,” according to CNBC. Reports indicate that the variant has already made its way to North America, despite attempts to contain it by limiting travel from South Africa, where it is believed to have originated.

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